Alex Graham Quartet

Alex Graham Quartet

 Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
BandJazz

The Alex Graham Quartet has performed all over the country in clubs like Smalls' and Smoke in New York City, Jazz Cafe and Cliff Bell's in Detroit, The Rochester and Mackinac Island Jazz Festivals, and Jazz Alley in Seattle. We hope to soon add your venue to our list!

Biography

Alto saxophonist Alex Graham has performed with a variety of artists including Diane Schuur, The Four Tops, Nnenna Freelon, The Temptations, Michael Weiss, Aaron Goldberg, Mark Levine, The O’ Jays, Wessell Anderson, Jim Rotondi, Rodney Whitaker, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Joe Magnarelli, Sam Yahel, Louis Smith and Dena Derose. After living in New York City for over ten years, Graham returned to his native Michigan to become the music director at Grand Hotel in 2001. His groups have performed at festivals and clubs all over the United States and have opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra and John Pizzarelli, among others. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies to compose original music, and has composed and arranged for small group, big band and studio orchestra. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the Bay View Festival in Petoskey, MI, where he has been teaching jazz studies to selected university students every summer since 2008. This program brings students to work and study at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI where Graham has been the music director since 2001. His latest CD on Origin Records, Brand New, was ranked in the top 50 nationally for airplay, and his recent 1-hour podcast interview/feature with Detroit Jazz Stage (http://www.jazzstage.us/) was downloaded over 10,000 times in 2008 making it one of their most popular features. Dr. Graham is currently serving as an Artist in Residence at Eastern Michigan University and completed a doctorate in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2009.

Discography

"Brand New," Origin Arts, 2008
"The Good Life," Origin Arts, 2005
"Grand," Self-Released, 2004
"Hi-Fi," (with the group RadioAction), Origin Arts,1998
"Countdown," Schoolkids' Records, 1995